e-Yantra Robotics Competition – Winners

By in Student Achievements on April 7, 2014

PES University students have secured first place in the e-Yantra Robotics Competition – 2013 conducted by IIT Bombay on March 28th, 2014.

Congratulations to Vijay G. Belurkar, Rohan M. Nayak, Jaipal S. Deval and Vivek Kumar Singh!

They have also been awarded with Summer Internship at IIT, Mumbai.

About their project: FRUIT PLUCKING ROBOT

To feed its increasing population, already at 1.2 Billion people, India has to increase its agricultural productivity, profitability, and sustainability. e-Yantra Robotics Competition 2013 aims to bring awareness to problems in Agriculture by assigning themes from this vital domain.

Greenhouses have been used to grow plants in controlled environments within a covered space. Greenhouses are recent additions to the Indian landscape, giving Indian farmers opportunities to grow exotic flowers and vegetables all round the year.

As the population densities of cities increase, the phenomenon of “Urban Agriculture” — where even rooftops of buildings may be used for growing plants — is becoming increasingly attractive.

Thus, as both (i) a productivity boosting technology for traditional farmers and (ii) a revolutionary technology for growing vegetables and fruits in the cities such that the costs of production and distribution are reduced, greenhouse technology holds great promise.

Today most greenhouse automation solutions available in India are typically imported from other countries. e-Yantra believes that talented engineering college students are capable of developing indigenous automation solutions using Embedded systems and Robotics concepts. e-Yantra Robotics Competition 2013 challenges student teams from across the country to solve technical problems in this domain.

In this theme the basic task of fruit plucking is proposed. The robot has to pluck ripe fruits from the tree without damaging unripe fruits. The arena for this theme consists of two parts:
1. Black lines on white background for the robot to navigate in the arena.
2. A thermocol block in the center of the arena that represents a tree. On this tree two types of fruits are attached — ripe and unripe.

The robot has to detect the ripe fruits and pluck them. Robot has to drop the plucked fruits in the deposition zones marked in the arena.

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